Kimani Williams: First named victim of Canadian police shooting

For the first time, police in Ontario, Canada have named the victim of a fatal shooting as 20-year-old Kimani Maqui-Williams. Police said he was shot at about 11.15pm on Wednesday, at a residence on…

Kimani Williams: First named victim of Canadian police shooting

For the first time, police in Ontario, Canada have named the victim of a fatal shooting as 20-year-old Kimani Maqui-Williams.

Police said he was shot at about 11.15pm on Wednesday, at a residence on Brandywine Crescent, Brampton.

Police have charged 28-year-old Asif Zarif, of Mississauga, with first-degree murder.

They said Mr Zarif had an outstanding arrest warrant for first-degree murder issued by the Peel Regional Police.

A murder charge has also been laid against a 15-year-old boy, who was arrested in Brampton on Thursday.

Mr Zarif was being held in custody at the Brampton, Peel Regional Police headquarters where he appeared in court on Thursday morning.

He will return to court at 10am on 10th July to face the charges.

Racial tensions

In a statement issued on Thursday, Peel Regional Police Acting Chief Jennifer Evans said her officers were dealing with the “immense tragedy” following a “tragic, senseless, act of violence”.

She urged witnesses to come forward, saying: “It is very important that you come forward and provide the police with information that will allow us to bring the person responsible for this senseless act of violence to justice.”

Mr Williams was the second black person to be shot dead by police in Canada this year.

Craig Slater, who was known to residents of Brampton, was shot dead by police in May, becoming the third person of colour shot dead by the force in the space of a month.

The city has been rocked by racial tensions in recent years, with some residents describing it as a “racist” city.

In the spring of 2018, the city’s police chief, Jennifer Evans, was appointed to take over as commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL), in an effort to unite the community and improve ties between police and the African-Canadian population.

On Thursday, the mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, also urged witnesses to come forward, calling the shooting “unjustified”.

She tweeted: “It is important for the community to come forward and provide the police with information that will allow us to bring the person responsible for this senseless act of violence to justice.”

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